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The Third Commandment

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“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”

To many people, this commandment means not to curse out, “G-D it/you!” However, the George Lamsa Translation provides a more exact interpretation: “You shall not take a false oath in the name of the LORD your God; for the LORD will not declare him innocent who takes an oath in his name falsely.” Considering both interpretations together, saying “G-D” is still not appropriate because it is not up to you who the Father will condemn and who will be saved. We are not to swear or promise anything: “Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.” (Mt 5:36) Crying out, “God!” when things don't go your way is not going to condemn you, though. When we call on the Father, he hears us, and takes pity on us (Joel 2:32).

There is a small, growing movement in the Wapello County and Jefferson County area to remove pagan traditions from Christianity. To find a meeting, text or leave a message at 641-451-1111. Peace in Christ.

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